This oughtta scare you

From “WRAL”:

*Some Lawmakers Find Views Scrambled*

Members of the House and Senate are reflecting on their weekend vote to give federal courts jurisdiction in Schiavo’s case.

The questions are: Should Congress guide the nation’s morals, or just make its rules? Micromanage the states, or let them govern themselves?

And some of Capitol Hill’s fiercest partisans have found their positions scrambled.

Many Democrats simply stepped aside or voted for the measure. In the House, 174 members skipped the vote. The lone Senate objection came from a southern Republican who quietly inserted his statement into the Congressional Record hours after the measure passed.

Even members who generally oppose government involvement in individual affairs voted for the bill. Some say they felt they would be criticized no matter what and that they felt sympathy for the Schiavo’s parents.

I know of only a couple of ways to interpret this.

First is the good way. I’ve been railing against taking a hard line in the last few days, and have probably taken quite a hard line doing so. đŸ˜‰ I’m glad that members of Congress are willing to look at things on a case-by-case basis, and, while being guided by principles, they are willing to evaluate them for appropriateness to the situation.

However, this also tells me that their flexibility was applied in the wrong situation. The Schiavo case has been turned into another forum for partisan debate over abortion, and Terry has become the poster child of the anti-abortion movement. I’m sure she didn’t sign on for the job. Members of Congress, swept up in a very difficult situation, didn’t give honest consideration to all of the issues and instead gave a knee-jerk vote.

Fortunately, the federal courts seem to have considered those issues which Congress didn’t and have turned down the unusual opportunity to get involved.

I really hope that we can all use the Schiavo case to examine our own principles and see where they help us and where they hurt us. But let’s not get too swept up in the emotional current–our emotions may be the catalyst for a re-examination but they will not guide us very well all the way through this difficult process.

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